The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Cradle Of Forestry Preserves History


The Jesse McCall family outside of their home, one of the ranger lodges.

The Cradle of Forestry in America was officially dedicated in October 1964. The goal was to show the role of forestry in the Appalachian Mountains and throughout the U.S., both today and in the past. For 50 years the Cradle of Forestry's interpretive exhibits have allowed visitors to experience and learn about our forests in the Forest Discovery Center Exhibit Hall and along the Biltmore Campus Trail and Forest Festival Trail.

It all began when George Vanderbilt started purchasing land southwest of Asheville in the 1890s. Noted landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted developed a plan t...

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